Development Roundup: Updates from German Village, Downtown & Beyond
Our Development Roundup feature is designed to keep you up-to-date on the latest proposals, approvals, delays and ribbon-cuttings. Whether it’s incremental updates on the many projects we are tracking, or short blurbs on some of the smaller or more far-flung developments that we have yet to cover, the aim of the roundup is to keep you informed.
A plan to upgrade South Third Street in German Village has been discussed and studied for many years. The German Village Society has an update on the latest – findings presented to the neighborhood that outline the costs of different options, like re-bricking the street and burying utilities (both of which may end up being cost-prohibitive).
Kevin Lykens, developer of multiple projects in Italian Village (like the Wonder Bread Lofts, two Detroit Avenue developments, and a recent proposal for the Budd Dairy site on North Fourth Street), appears to have made his first foray into Weinland Park, acquiring the Beer Barn site at the northwest corner of East Fifth Avenue and North Fourth Street. Lykens said he has no set plans for the parcel at this time.
A proposed three-story addition to the Union Cafe building at 782 North High Street is moving forward. The addition is to the rear of the building and will provide additional storage and office space, not directly affecting the restaurant itself.
The Stonehenge Company’s proposed seven-story apartment building at 330 East Oak Street (pictured up top) was approved by the Downtown Commission at their April meeting. The building will replace a former pharmaceuticals manufacturing facility that the commission agreed – after multiple meetings – was too contaminated to redevelop.
The strong apartment market has shown no signs of letting up in the suburbs, either, with projects popping up all along the outer belt and beyond. The Schottenstein Real Estate Group recently completed two large apartment developments on opposite ends of the metro area; the 228-unit Grove City Summit on London-Groveport Road near I-71, and the 196-unit Grand at Polaris on Old State Road, just north of Polaris Parkway.
Ohio State isn’t letting continued work on the massive North Residential District keep it from building elsewhere on campus. Infrastructure work is underway on the 115,000 square-foot Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, which will sit at the southwest corner of Ackerman Road and Fred Taylor Drive, just east of SR 315. The $35 million building is scheduled for completion in early 2016.
Construction could start soon on a small mixed-use project on West Poplar Avenue that has been delayed many times through the years. Architect Mike Paplow of Feinknopf Macioce Schappa said that work could begin as soon as this summer on the building, which would feature loft apartments over ground-floor commercial. The three-story building would replace a quarter-acre parking lot that sits just west of the cap.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library will break ground on their new Parsons Avenue Branch on June 2nd. The library also has unveiled the proposed design for a new Shepard Branch at the northeast corner of East Fifth Avenue and Nelson Road.
Local architecture firm WSA Studios has been celebrating their anniversary with blog posts about projects from each of their 45 years. Of particular interest are stories (and before and after pictures) detailing the dramatic transformation of two iconic Short North buildings; 641 North High Street (home now to The Pearl and Lemongrass) and Carriage House Place (long-time home of Rigsby’s and Sherrie Gallerie, among others).
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